`American Idol' Adds Online Voting for Viewers

By: AP Email
By: AP Email
"American Idol" is taking democracy online.

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2011 file photo, Steven Tyler, left, Jennifer Lopez, center, and Randy Jackson, judges on the FOX show "American Idol," take part in a panel discussion during the FOX Broadcasting Company Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif. Television's top show returned Wednesday, Jan. 19, with a makeover for its 10th season on Fox. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "American Idol" is taking democracy online.

Viewers will be able to cast votes through Facebook, along with the previous options of phone and text message, when the singing contest shifts from judges' to audience's choice next Tuesday.

It's the first time Internet voting will be part of the Fox series, which is in its 10th season. Toll-free phone and AT&T text-message voting, at standard rates, will continue, the network said Thursday.

Online participation will be limited to viewers in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who have a Facebook account, Fox said. Each person can cast up to 50 online votes.

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